Posts Tagged ‘transfer caboose’

Pa. Railroad Makes Caboose Accessible

January 21, 2021

Pennsylvania-based Stewartstown Railroad plans to transform a transfer caboose it has acquired into a handicap-accessible car for passengers.

The former Missouri-Kansas-Texas caboose will have large open platforms and bench seating at both ends.

Plans are to modify the car to provide wheelchair accessibility with either a ramp or lift.

Once a boxcar, the transfer caboose is expected to be ready for the 2021 season.

Cart Before the Horse?

July 30, 2020

The phrase putting the cart before the horse is an idiom that often denotes something that is being done contrary to conventions or an expected relationship.

Everyone knows that a caboose is placed on the end of the train, right?

That is not always so when doing a switching move.

In the photo above, made in the early Conrail years, a switcher works at the east end of the yard in Canton with a transfer caboose that still has its Penn Central markings.

Photograph by Robert Farkas

Getting A Closer Look

June 17, 2020

The top image was made in the late 1970s in the yard on Conrail in Canton.

NW2R No. 9174 is working the east end of the yard with a transfer caboose.

The photographer decided to crop the original image to zoom in on the locomotive and the caboose.

Although he said the cropped images are of lesser quality there is nothing “lesser” about getting a look at something we can’t easily see anymore except in a museum or maybe on a backwater short line railroad.

Photographs by Robert Farkas